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Around the bases . . .

AROUND THE BASES

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MLB: Seattle 3B Kyle Seager

In his last seven games entering Saturday, Seager was batting .429 (12 for 28) with five home runs and 13 RBI. Before that spree, he had no homers and two RBI for the season.

BREWERS: RHP Wily Peralta

Peralta had to do it all Friday night in Cincinnati. Not only did he pitch eight shutout innings, but he also doubled in the only runs in the Brewers 2-0 victory. That outing marked Peralta's fifth consecutive quality start.

WEEK AHEAD

Cardinals at Braves: Monday-Wednesday. Lots of great pitching.

Orioles at Rays: Tuesday-Thursday. Looking to gain traction.

Giants at Dodgers: Thursday-Sunday. Big NL West clash.

Red Sox at Rangers: Friday-Sunday. Boston yet to get going.

BREWERS THIS WEEK

The Brewers return to Miller Park for one of their longest home stands of the season -- nine games in 11 days. Next weekend, the Yankees make a rare visit to Milwaukee, giving Brewers fans a chance to see Derek Jeter in his final season. Suggestion for parting gifts from Brewers: autographed photo of Hank and dance lessons from Wei-Chung Wang.

DID YOU KNOW?

On Monday, Texas right-hander Yu Darvish lasted only 31/3 innings in a loss to Oakland, the shortest of his 66 starts in the majors. Darvish is 1-7 with a 4.73 ERA in nine career starts against the A's.

YOU FIGURE IT OUT

When virtually the same Miami lineup that struck out 11 times the previous time against Atlanta's Aaron Harang hammered him for 10 hits and nine runs Wednesday, there were suspicions that the Marlins might have stolen signs.

"It was baffling, like, where were these guys last week?" said Harang. "They were way too comfortable. It seemed like they were all hitting like Ted Williams."

The previous night, Atlanta's Alex Wood was tagged for seven runs in five innings after entering the series with a 1.54 ERA. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he changed signs five times during Harang's outing and went to multiple signs with no runners on base, to no avail.

"Yeah, you have this conspiracy theory, but at the end, we came up with nothing," said Gonzalez.

The Marlins have hit much better at home than on the road, but Marlins manager Mike Redmond deflected any notion of cheating, saying, "Just give us a little credit. We're out there playing the game right and guys are battling and competing."

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